Healthways and Gallup, for the 6th year in a row, have released their analysis of the state of states. They look at the well-being across the United States. Where does Maine rank?  Well, we're improving.

Their analysis is based on their Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®. It's a formula of measure and empiric database of real-time changes that they spot in well-being throughout the world.

All-in-all, more than 178,000 interviews went into their research. Their criteria to create a composite well-being rank for each state included:

  • Americans’ perceptions on topics such as physical and emotional health
  • Healthy behaviors
  • Work environment
  • Social and community factors
  • Financial security
  • Access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare

In 2012 Maine ranked 21st and in the most recent study for 2013, the Pine Tree State is up to 15th.

The happiest state is North Dakota and the saddest, West Virginia.